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Date: 2005-11-23 (08:00)
From: David Baelde <david.baelde@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Mandelbrot renderer
2005/11/23, Jon Harrop <>:
> Following Oliver's objections regarding the lack of serious software written
> in OCaml (e.g. web servers), I have written a very serious Mandelbrot
> renderer. The program is 35 lines of OCaml and renders using OpenGL. This
> page breaks it down and describes how it works:

Nice job, but I don't think it has something to do with Olivier's
remarks. Serious software written in OCaml exists (Astrée, Coq, ..),
no one doubts that. What lacks is mainstream serious software, and it
makes OCaml not so visible.

People don't realize OCaml is a general purpose language: I was once
told on an IRC chan: "OCaml ? I only know one software written in
OCaml..." Also, people learn to write many fun real-world application
in C, but only "boring" scientific stuff in OCaml (when they're taught
OCaml). That's the kind of problems which was adressed.